Admit it. You hate the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (from this point forth, shall be known as MPDG).
You hate Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst or any actress that had been casted as MPDG at least once in their career.
They are phoney. The idea of a girl so quirky and still lovable is appalling to you. And what is up with all that cute little dresses, cat prints and vintage style of dressing?! Don’t they shop in the present?!
I am an aspiring MPDG. Yes, I’ll admit that I still cannot rock bangs and wear vintage spectacles because of the shape of my face. If I attempt to wear those vintage frocks, I look like a sad version of an adult flower girl. Those old-timey looking bicycle? Still can’t afford one ‘cause its bloody expensive. Attempts to change hair colors every 2 weeks is also kinda impossible.
But I am telling you why we need MPDGs to balance the universe.
Warning: If you love the Kardashians, you should stop reading right now.
In the world where Miley twerks and sticks out her tongue, sex tapes, Rihanna’s Instagram posts where she is barely dressed (captioned in some lingo I do not understand), MPDG is the balance. Granted, not all MDPG dresses up like Jessica Day (New Girl). Ramona Flowers (Scott Pilgrim) is a lil bit punk, Claire Colburn (Elizabethtown) is your everyday girl, Clementine (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) changed hair color countless time.
It is refreshing to see less leopard prints and tight bandage dresses whenever an MPDG makes an appearance.
You see, MPDG is you and me. MPDG is the girl who appears to be one thing and yet, she is another. Let me quote Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind:
More ironies and contradictory statements coming your way so you might want to stop reading now.
MPDG finds joy in little things that no one notices. An MPDG does not just stop and smell the roses; she also notices the bees (and the ladybugs etc). She will love something or someone wholeheartedly but she will, make no mistake, hate the hell out of things. An MPDG will not only love pretty cute things, she might also relish tragedies like a storm. But not all MPDG are chirpy, skipping, bubblegum-my happy. Lizzy Kaplan in Bachelorette is your version of a badass MPDG:
Yes, she might be quoting some songs/movies/books that no one ever heard of and you will find this as showoff-ish. I mean if you want more of those everyday craps, you can just watch MTV.
Stop hating MPDGs. I mean this. Now.
The writer is an aspiring MPDG (emphasized above) and currently saving money to buy her first Crosley record player so she can play old timey vinyls. Other than that, she loves her cats and still hopeful to cut her bangs a la Ms Deschanel. She is just beginning to learn how to play ukelele. Oh, she might have found her token Joseph Gordon-Levitt, well, an almost JGL version, close enough :)